Keane: ‘Every team needs a John Eustace’

IPSWICH Town manager Roy Keane today revealed that he sees 19-year-old Luke Hyam becoming a key player in the Blues team.

Keane likened the former Northgate High School pupil, who is set to feature over the four-game festive period having recovered from a hamstring tear, to Watford’s experienced midfielder John Eustace.

“Along with Martin Taylor, Eustace is a key member of the Watford side,” said Keane.

“Every team needs someone like him or Sean Derry or Lee Carsley.

“Someone in the middle of the park who can talk to his team mates around him.

“They know the game and Eustace knows how to talk to the referee, how to foul and how to tackle.

“I can still recall a tackle on Jon Walters against us last season and having seen Eustace play for Watford against QPR on television a couple of weeks ago he knows how to play the game in all aspects.

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“He’s under contract to Watford, and we have to leave it at that. But he’s the sort of player that every team needs.”

It’s no secret that Keane made a play for QPR’s Derry in particular in the summer, and in the end he used Hyam playing in front of his back four during a successful start to the season.

“Luke is a Eustace-type character – and the experience will come,” added Keane.

“We relied on his in August and September and he did well. He’s a very good player, and someone who showed the character to play for 40 minutes after tearing a hamstring.

“We had a proposed friendly game with Crystal palace called off on Tuesday and it would have given Luke a chance to get back in action.

“But he’s the type of lad you can throw right back in.”

Keane hinted that he is considering keeping an unchanged side after the 3-0 win over Leicester City, but changes will be made for the following three games starting at Doncaster on Tuesday afternoon because he has players who are physically unable to meet the holiday period requirements.

He has one or two he is wrapping in cotton wool having carried knocks for a month or two and admits he is approaching an important period.

“It’s not make or break, but it’s important to all clubs,” added Keane. “It will shape the season for many and if the players give yet another honest dislay like against Leicester we have a chance of getting a result or two.”

And talking about Watford, Keane went on: “They will not lack energy and are likely to have a right go at us.

“You have to give them credit - they have young legs and I like the way they are set up to be able to counter attack so well.”.

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